Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri is excited to announce that they will be celebrating National School Choice Week (January 26-February 1, 2020) with a special spotlight event!
The event will feature a special movie screening of Miss Virginia and will be hosted at Capitol City Cork And Provisions in Jefferson City. Families, students, legislators and community members are welcome to attend! After the screening there will be a giveaway of Virginia’s book and school supply gift cards. We also will have commentary afterward from Iowa school choice coalition members. Hailed as a “must-see” movie by USA Today, the film follows a struggling inner-city mother who sacrifices everything to give her son a good education. Unwilling to allow him to stay in a dangerous school, she launches a movement that could save his future—and that of thousands like him.
This free screening is open to the public and will tell the story of Virgnia Walden Ford’s heroic struggle to secure a better education for her son. Based on a true story, Miss Virginia stars Emmy® winner Uzo Aduba as a struggling single mother who is losing her fifteen-year-old son to the rough streets of Washington, DC. Unwilling to see him drop out and deal drugs, she places him in a private school. But when she can’t afford tuition, she launches a movement to change the system that is destroying him and thousands like him. Attacked and threatened by those who don’t want change—from corrupt politicians to the local drug lord—Virginia must discover depths of strength she never knew she had. The film will inspire audiences to do their utmost to secure their children’s essential civil right—the right to an education. Emmy® nominee Vanessa Williams (Soul Food, My Brother), Emmy® nominee Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us), Amirah Vann (Underground), Emmy® nominee Adina Porter (American Horror Story), Niles Fitch (This Is Us), Nadji Jeter (Wonder), and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Modine (Stranger Things, Full Metal Jacket) round out Miss Virginia’s stellar cast.
CEAM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports effective schools of all kinds and believes all Missouri students deserve access to a quality education, NOW. We support measures that will cultivate more quality education options by raising awareness and helping parents and others take action. CEAM has become Missouri’s leading voice for education reform with an army of dedicated parent-advocates who put a face on policy change.
Started in 2011, National School Choice Week (NSCW) is the world’s largest annual education-related celebration. As a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort, NSCW shines a positive spotlight on effective education options for students, families, and communities around the country. From January 26 through February 1, 2020, more than 50,000 independently-planned events will be held in celebration of the Week.
During NSCW, schools across America celebrate the challenging, motivating, and effective education they provide to students. At the same time, parents use the week to learn more about the education options available to their children, in advance of the upcoming school year.
"Shining a spotlight on effective educational options for every child"